What to Expect

Where are we located? Where do you park? What should you wear?These are great questions, and we hope to answer them all…
Q: Where are we located?

We are on the southeast corner of Soundside Dr and U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, Florida. We are approximately 10 miles east of Gulf Breeze proper, and 10 miles west of Navarre.

Q: Where should I park and where do I enter?

Our parking lot surrounds the building, with overflow parking in the field just to the south. There are wheelchair accessible parking spots on the North, West and South sides of the building and a covered walkway around the building as well.

The main entrance is on the West side of the building, and the Fellowship Hall doors are on the South side. You can enter or exit in either location.

Q: What should I wear?

Some people wear jeans or shorts. Some people wear suits. Some wear business casual attire. Please wear what makes you comfortable for worship. (Hawaiian Shirts are always welcome!)

Q: What are your services like?

We are a traditional, liturgical church and use a combination of traditional and contemporary elements.

Our services include hymns from the Lutheran Service Book, as well as from contemporary and other Christian traditions.

We follow the Divine Service found in the Lutheran Service Book, which includes a time to confess our sins to God, and to experience God’s mercy through His absolution. We confess a corporate statement of belief in the Apostle’s and Nicene Creed. And we pray the Lord’s Prayer as taught to us in Matthew 6.

Most importantly, the Divine Service is a time to hear God’s Word from the Holy Scriptures, to receive His grace through the Lord’s Supper (communion), and to experience Christian fellowship as members of Christ’s one body, the Church.

Q: Do you have communion?

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (communion) every week in our worship services.

Q: Can I participate in communion?

We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became flesh and blood to fulfill the Law in our stead and to redeem us from sin and death.  He has atoned for our sin, reconciling us to God.  In the Lord’s Supper (communion) He gives us His actual body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine.  “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”

Through your reception of the elements at the table, you confess that you share our understanding of the nature, power and benefit of the Sacrament, and that we are saved through Grace, by Faith alone.

If you are unsure about your participation, please speak with the Pastor or an Elder prior to the service.

Children and those not yet instructed in the nature of this sacrament are welcome to come forward during the distribution for a blessing. Please come forward, kneel and fold your arms in a cross over your chest so the ministers understand your intent.

You are welcome to remain seated if you so desire. You will not be alone as we have many guests and visitors from different denominations and faiths with us each Sunday.

Q: What about my kids?

Some people ask: “should I bring my little ones into church?” And the answer is a resounding “absolutely!” We are a family of God’s children, and as such we want each family to participate in worship together, just as families of all ages worshiped together throughout the Bible.

What about the noise? Kids make noise, and it is joyful to God’s ears. If, however, the noise is no longer joyful for your ears, there is a cry room just off the fellowship hall.

Please know, we welcome your whole family and strongly encourage you to worship together.